Diabetes-related amputations 2010-2016
inewsource requested data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development detailing the number of diabetes-related lower limb amputations across the state from 2010 to 2016.
Click on each county to view the number and rate of amputations per 100,000 residents and how it compares to the state.
To standardize the data, inewsource removed counties with fewer than 20 reported amputation as those numbers are considered unreliable.
Data methodology: How we crunched the data
Credit: Map and data by Brandon Quester
Diabetes-related amputations up significantly in California — and San Diego
by Cheryl Clark | Sept. 20, 2017
Clinicians are amputating more toes, legs, ankles and feet of patients with diabetes in California — and San Diego County in particular — in a “shocking” trend that has mystified diabetes experts here and across the country.
Statewide, lower-limb amputations increased by more than 31 percent from 2010 to 2016 when adjusted for population change. In San Diego County, the increase was more than twice that: 66.4 percent.
Losing a foot, ankle or especially a leg robs patients of their independence, hampers their ability to walk and makes them more vulnerable to infection. It also can shorten their lives.
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